This catalogue focuses on French ébénisterie furniture in the Rococo style dating from 1735 to 1760. These splendid objects directly reflect the tastes of the Museum’s founder, J. Paul Getty, who started collecting in this area in 1938 and continued until his death in 1976.

The Museum’s collection is particularly rich in examples created by the most talented cabinet masters then active in Paris, including Bernard II van Risenburgh (after 1696–ca. 1766), Jacques Dubois (1694–1763), and Jean-François Oeben (1721–1763). Working for members of the French royal family and aristocracy, these craftsmen excelled at producing veneered and marquetried pieces of furniture (tables, cabinets, and chests of drawers) fashionable for their lavish surfaces, refined gilt-bronze mounts, and elaborate design. These objects were renowned throughout Europe at a time when Paris was considered the capital of good taste.

The entry on each work comprises both a curatorial section, with description and commentary, and a conservation report, with construction diagrams. An introduction by Anne-Lise Desmas traces the collection’s acquisition history, and two technical essays by Arlen Heginbotham (with Jessica Chasen and Michael Schilling) present methodologies and findings on the analysis of gilt-bronze mounts and lacquer.

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Wilson, Gillian, and Arlen Heginbotham. French Rococo Ébénisterie in the J. Paul Getty Museum. Edited and with an introduction by Anne-Lise Desmas. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2021. http://www.getty.edu/publications/rococo/.


Wilson, Gillian, and Arlen Heginbotham. French Rococo Ébénisterie in the J. Paul Getty Museum. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2021. http://www.getty.edu/publications/rococo/. Accessed Feb. 23, 2021.

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  • Names: J. Paul Getty Museum, author, issuing body. | Desmas, Anne-Lise, editor, writer of introduction. | Chasen, Jessica, contributor.
  • Title: French Rococo ébénisterie in the J. Paul Getty Museum / Gillian Wilson and Arlen Heginbotham ; edited and with an introduction by Anne-Lise Desmas ; with Jessica Chasen, Yannick Chastang, Jan Dorscheid, Clara von Englehardt, Philippe Halbert, Katrina Posner, Michael Schilling, and Ron Schmidtling
  • Description: First edition. | Los Angeles : J. Paul Getty Museum, 2021. | Includes bibliographical references. | Summary: “Catalogue of the Rococo ébénisterie furniture in the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum”— Provided by publisher.
  • Identifiers: LCCN 2020036837 (print) | LCCN 2020036838 (ebook) | ISBN 9781606066300 (paperback) | ISBN 9781606066324 (ebook) | ISBN 9781606066317
  • Subjects: LCSH: J. Paul Getty Museum—Catalogs. | Furniture—France—History—18th century—Catalogs. | Cabinetwork—France—History—18th century—Catalogs. | Furniture, Rococo—France—Catalogs. | Furniture—California—Los Angeles—Catalogs.
  • Classification: LCC NK2548 .J285 2021 (print) | LCC NK2548 (ebook) | DDC 749.0944/09033—dc23
  • LC record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2020036837
  • LC ebook record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2020036838

Front cover: Detail of cat. no. 16
Back cover: Cat. no. 11